Wednesday, 23 May, 2018

Trump's team bragged about stolen Clinton emails months before they were released

Trump's team bragged about stolen Clinton emails months before they were released Trump's team bragged about stolen Clinton emails months before they were released
Stacy Diaz | 12 January, 2018, 17:49

The investigation into possible connections between Russian Federation and Donald Trump's presidential campaign began after a tip-off from Australia, the media reported. "It was firsthand information from one of America's closest intelligence allies".

Furthermore, as Byron York of the Washington Examiner notes, it is not clear that the "dirt" Papadopoulos was taking about referred to the DNC emails, but could well have referred to the 30,000 "missing" emails that Hillary Clinton had deleted from her illicit private email server.

When leaked Democratic Party emails began appearing in public two months later, it's alleged Australian officials passed that intel onto their American counterparts. During the campaign, Papadopoulos offered to set up a meeting between Mr. Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin.

"Defendant has indicated that he is willing to co-operate with the government in its ongoing investigation into Russian efforts to interfere in the 2016 presidential election".

The Times reported earlier this year that the FBI's investigation was also sparked by a trip that Page made to Moscow in July 2016, while he was still with the Trump campaign.

The Times notes that it is unclear whether Papadopoulos shared the information with anyone else in the campaign, though it seems a little unlikely he'd share it in conversation at a bar and not with anyone in the campaign for which he worked.

Lieu on Saturday tweeted out the Times story and wrote, "The White House should be scared".

Mr Papadopoulos is now reportedly assisting the Mueller probe. In an effort to discredit the Russian Federation investigation, Republican commentators have been pushing the notion that the FBI began its inquiry on the basis of the now-infamous "Steele Dossier", the document put together by ex-British spy Christopher Steele, which alleged that Russian Federation interfered in the election and had possible "kompromat" on President Trump. "It bothers me greatly the way they used it, and I want somebody to look at it", Graham said. He is now likely cooperating with investigators. And the Mueller team was anxious that revealing his guilty plea would tip off other "subjects" in the investigation.

It's hard to know the extent to which Mr Downer's information helped Mr Mueller's investigation, but it certainly didn't hurt.

"The relationship is in excellent shape and the connections between Australia and the United States are so diverse, numerous, so strong, and indeed, our relationship through the State Department is excellent as well", Turnbull said, adding that he did not think that the reports might mar relations with Trump.

The US is yet to appoint a new ambassador to Australia, but Turnbull said that was normal, given the change in administrations.